Happy New Year! I have to admit that things don’t feel very new right now. My house is still decked out in Christmas 2017 with a Nativity scene, Advent candles, Christmas trees and ornaments all in their same places from weeks ago. This is the first week back to school for all three of my kiddos and yesterday morning felt like they were stepping into a prison sentence.
There’s a lot of pressure to start anew with a cheery disposition, resolve to make changes for the better (diet and exercise are always at the top of our list) and a spiritual awakening. It’s a bit of a let down mixed with some Christmas blues that makes starting the new year a bit disappointing, which turns into inevitable mom-guilt for not leading the brood into the glorious, blessed new year!
So, in hopes of bringing some newness and anticipation for 2018, we are celebrating all-things new (new books to be precise) during our January Book Blitz! We had a feeling that you might still be shaking off 2017, so we wanted to usher in some fun giveaways, great reads and some spiritual insights from our featured authors this month.
If you haven’t already, check out our blog and Facebook throughout the month of January for book giveaways from some of our favorite authors. We’ve made sure to include some familiar faces as well as some fresh new ones. See, the new year is already looking a bit brighter. Who says that “giveaways” can’t put a smile on your face?
Here’s to 2018, Mama! Let’s do this!
Jinny + The MOPS Magazine Team
Being gutsy is all about reclaiming what is ours, surrendering what isn’t, and making it work with the rhythm and cadence of our own steps of our families. The winter issue of The MOPS Magazine is coming to your mailbox soon!
Have You Seen This?
“I remember one of my resolutions last year was to make new friends. As a mom, I found myself with few acquaintances and awkwardly smiling at the other mom with her kids at the park, but not many real friendships. I didn’t entirely know how to make friends in this season of my life. Long story short, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and say, “YES” when invited to a MOPS meeting. That was the beginning of many friendships (REAL friendships). At MOPS, I’ve had the opportunity to share not only the everyday life, but also my dreams and talents with so many beautiful women. One of the best things I’ve realized is that motherhood was never meant to be lonely and so many mothers are feeling that way, BUT your mom tribe might just be around the corner.” – Stephany M.
Joy Journal Giveaway
Doodle, write, laugh, pray, sing, snap photos- there are no wrong answers! 30 Days to Joy WaterBrook, Oct. 17, 2017) is a month-long journal filled with creative prompts, inspirational quotes and Bible verses, and even a section to create your very own joyful playlist.
“That became my mantra during the scariest and most chaotic experience of my life. The baby is going to be just fine … My husband held my hand. I held my breath. We both held on to the belief that our baby would be just fine.” Read more.
That’s it for this week.
The MOPS Magazine Team